March 22, 2017

Tag Archives: Kathryn Stockett

“THE HELP, a Cultural Touchstone” – By Myrlie Evers-Williams My mother was “the help.” And so was her mother. I’m telling you these things because they were courageous and they were not alone in their courage. Legions of black women like them—maids and waitresses and caretakers who fanned out across Vicksburg and Mississippi and the South to[...]

Octavia Spencer, SAG winner, on Mississippi heat and the book-club roots of “The Help” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Octavia Spencer has been a gracious winner all awards season long … which is important, because virtually every time she claims a trophy, she’s triumphing over her “Help” co-star Jessica Chastain. Yet at every awards gala, the women of “The Help” come across as the picture of[...]

Viola Davis, SAG winner, on “The Help,” Tate Taylor and Kathryn Stockett – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell By most accounts, this year’s Best Actress race boils down to “Doubt” co-stars Meryl Streep and Viola Davis, competing on behalf of their respective films “The Iron Lady” and “The Help.” Yet choosing a frontrunner has been difficult. Davis might take home a Critics’ Choice Movie Award,[...]

“The Help” director Tate Taylor on awards, the box office success and his amazing cast – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Tate Taylor’s ensemble dramedy “The Help,” his crowd-pleasing adaptation of close friend Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel, has been an awards contender since … well, since it opened back in August. And Taylor will tell you, it feels like he hasn’t stopped talking about the film, his cast,[...]

“The Help” reboots Oscar campaign with DVD, Blu-ray release – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell In honor of Tate Taylor’s “The Help” reaching DVD and Blu-ray today, we’re revisiting the summer blockbuster and examining the extras that are exclusive to the discs. Deleted scenes and a “Making of” featurette await those who pick up Disney’s release. In addition, Mary J. Blige includes[...]

Oscars: Is “The Help” our current frontrunner? – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell For a handful of reasons, Tate Taylor’s “The Help,” an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel, feels like it could lay claim to the title of Best Picture frontrunner. The film has impressive box office stats ($167.4 million domestically), decent reviews (62 on MetaCritic, 75% on Rotten[...]

“The Help” crosses the $100M mark – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Tate Taylor’s “The Help” crossed the $100 million mark at the domestic box office Tuesday night … and probably cemented its status as a Best Picture nominee at the 2011 Academy Awards in the process. Taylor’s adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel has earned $100.9M in its[...]

“The Help” helps its awards chances – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Boffo box office is not the be-all-and-end-all, but the best laid plans of some awards strategists have been waylaid when films with aspirations have fizzled in the marketplace. To that end, Tate Taylor’s “The Help” helped its fledgling awards campaign by opening to a robust $25.5 million in[...]

“The Help” earns A+ from early audiences

By Sean O’Connell Tate Taylor’s adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” opened around the country on Wednesday night and scored two major victories. First, the Civil Rights drama pocketed an estimated $5.5 million in grosses, establishing itself as a box-office contender (which is crucial to the film’s pending Oscar campaign).[...]

Octavia Spencer, Kathryn Stockett on the troubles and triumphs of “The Help” – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell Tate Taylor’s “The Help,” an adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s immensely popular novel documenting the South’s racial divide in the 1960s, opens in theaters today. Depending on who you believe, the picture’s Oscar campaign either officially begins or is dead in the water. I’m opting for the former. Disney[...]
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